Trump fires massive opening shot at Ron DeSantis during PA rally

Former President Donald Trump raised quite a few brows during his Pennsylvania rally on Saturday night, possibly firing his first major 2024 campaign shot against what’s expected to be a potential top challenger, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).

According to the Washington Examiner, Trump used a moment during the rally to nickname the popular Florida governor “Ron DeSanctimonious.”

The nickname was nowhere near being fun or endearing, as the Merriam-Webster definition of the word sanctimonious is “hypocritically pious or devout.”

The shocking nickname, which Trump hands out to his political opponents and enemies, came as the 2022 midterms inch closer.

Why now?

Trump’s apparent insult of the Republican governor sparked intense backlash on social media. A number of high-profile conservative influencers were not happy with the development, especially as Republicans can’t afford a civil war for the next two years.

Others pointed out that it appears the media would love nothing more than to cover a Trump/DeSantis war for the next two years.


Trump seemed to double down on sparking a rivalry between him and DeSantis, as he repeated several polls that show him as a clear winner in a 2024 Republican primary.

“Everybody, I promise you in the next very, very, very short period of time you’re going to be so happy,” Trump said, adding to a long string of hints that he’ll soon announce his candidacy for 2024.

Only time will tell what happens, but many conservatives agree that party infighting is not the way forward. Hopefully, the two Republican powerhouses can figure something out to promote party unification.